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How to Cook Canned Corn

Try our easy canned corn recipes for a quick weeknight win.

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Canned vegetables are a weeknight life saver.
They're affordable, even more so if you buy them when they're on sale, and they just hang out in your pantry until you're ready to use them.
However, sometimes knowing the best way to cook them can be a challenge. Take canned corn, for example. Do you drain canned corn before cooking it? How do you season it? Should you cook canned corn in the microwave or on the stove top?
Well, RecipeLion's own Chef Addie Gundry is here to answer all of those questions! Addie has whipped up some delicious canned corn recipes for you to try at home. They are super quick, simple, and flavorful! We call that a true weeknight victory.

How to Cook Canned Corn in the Microwave


Preparation Time1 min

Cooking Time2 min



  • 1 can corn, drained, reserve 1 tablespoon liquid
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


Did you know that the liquid in canned corn has salt? This adds extra flavor!

  1. Place all ingredients in microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 2 minutes.

  2. Serve.

How to Cook Canned Corn on the Stove

If you've ever wondered what you can add to canned corn to make it a little fancier, you're in the right place! This delicious recipe includes some easy additions that will give your side dish a little kick. The added flavors are sure to be a hit with your family. They will be so impressed that you were able to transform a regular can of veggies into this tasty snack.

1 can corn, drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup jalapeno slices from can
2 tablespoons parsley
½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Cook for 8 minutes.

Bonus! The Most Delicious Canned Corn Salad Ever

Are you tired of eating the same old canned vegetables night after night? It's time for a change, and this cold corn salad is the perfect inspiration. It combines canned corn with fresh herbs, vegetables, and cheese, for a side dish that everyone will request again and again. It's also super easy to make! All you have to do is combine the ingredients together in a bowl and serve it to your hungry family. If you've been wondering how to dress up canned corn, this is absolutely the answer.

1 can corn, drained
¼ cup onion, diced
¼ cup tomato, diced
¼ cup parsley
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup shredded gruyere cheese


  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. Serve.

Cooking Canned Corn FAQ

How do I season canned corn?
Some great ways to season canned corn are:

  1. 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  2. 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon each salt, pepper, and smoked paprika
  3. 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and red pepper flakes to taste
There are many more possibilities, of course! Feel free to share your favorite ideas in the comments section below.

Can you eat corn straight from the can?

Yes, you can eat corn straight from the can. Canned corn is already cooked, so it is safe to eat when you open it. You can use it in recipes, like our canned corn salad above, without the need to heat it up!

What can I add to canned corn?

You can add lots of ingredients to canned corn to make it more delicious! Try the seasoning ideas and recipes above, or you can also add any of the following to make canned corn taste better:
  1. Cheese (Monterey Jack, cotija, or feta)
  2. Diced tomatoes
  3. Jalapeno slices
  4. Black beans
  5. Raw or sauteed onions
  6. Parsley
  7. Cilantro
  8. Lime juice
Did we miss any of your favorite ingredients to add to canned corn? Let us know in the comments below!

What's your favorite thing to add to canned corn? Let us know in the comments!

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